The world is a wonderful place, you see. Full of mysteries and wonders.
There is this tree, called the Jacarandá (no idea how to pronounce it in English), that in Buenos Aires, lines a lot of the main avenues and a great number of the parks. When it blooms, it looks like a giant agapanthus flower, lining the streets.
It was one of my grandmother’s favorite trees. And no wonder! It’s beautiful.
Actually, besides being beautiful, the Jacarandá is one of the tree species that consumes the most CO2, approximately 4,000 pounds a year! Beautiful and ‘green’ at the same time.
The following painting, ‘Jacarandá,’ reminds me so much of the Bosques de Palermo – these amazing plazas / parks that line the Avenida Libertador in Buenos Aires, where a lot of these trees are planted. I used to spend many afternoons in these parks when I was a kid.
I worked on this piece a couple of months ago and I started by using colors that I liked. As with watercolor, you never know what the end product will look like because it dries differently, and now, the piece reminds me so much of Buenos Aires and so much of my grandmother that I can’t give it up. I made a print of it and have it hanging in my office. A daily reminder of her.
‘Jacarandá’, watercolor on paper, 5×7 in.
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Photo © Maria Rigou for Groundhog Design